Reinforcing community: an Asian cultural complex in an international context
February 2011, it was the time for the annual Chinese New Year Celebration in the local Cincinnati Chinese community again. This is also the first time I attend this event since I came to States. Sitting quietly at the middle of the auditorium, I watched what was going on. The auditorium was predominantly decorated with the red color symbolizing joy and prosperous. The seats of auditorium were filled by Chinese American men, women, and children. The organizers for the events were busy preparing for the stage show; many stage designer were adjusting the lighting environment and music to ensure the best performance, several men were busy adjusting the video camera in good position for the best shot; some ladies were greeting acquaintance and chatting to each other with delight and excitement on their faces; the kids were running around and chasing each other, laughing loudly. Everyone seemed to be enjoying this unique moment of celebration. There is no doubt that it was their time, a special day for all of them to unite with the family members and make connection with their ethnic brothers and sisters. They were celebrating their traditional festival here in US just like how they celebrate them in their home country. The Chinese community, thus, build their mutual connection and cultural recognition through participating in such an event.